WALKER DELIVERS HIS BEST YET Budapest, Hungary -- 15 July 2007: James Walker took his best result of the World Series by Renault season so far with a fantastic top ten finish at the Hungaroring today. The Jersey driver had an electric ...
WALKER DELIVERS HIS BEST YET
Budapest, Hungary -- 15 July 2007: James Walker took his best result of the World Series by Renault season so far with a fantastic top ten finish at the Hungaroring today. The Jersey driver had an electric start, moving up five places at the first corner by diving through around the outside of the pack.
Last night James moved up to 12th place in race one, when another competitor was penalised for breaking the rules, so he started race two in 12th position on the grid. After the start he was up to seventh and set off at a blistering pace, setting fastest race lap on lap three.
The safety car was despatched on lap four when two cars came together on the start/finish straight. It took four laps for the marshals to move the cars to a place of safety and let the racing recommence. James got away well at the restart and began to pull away from a chasing Clivio Piccione before he was unsighted going into the hairpin at the end of the lap and had to take a very wide line. This slipped him to tenth but he was straight back on a charge and, as temperatures hit 100F, he worked hard to keep his position and bring it home to take his first point in the World Series by Renault.
In terms of pace this has been a fantastic weekend for James. He was the fastest rookie yesterday and has been in the thick of the action all weekend.
"I had an awesome start today; my best ever!" said James. "I went for the outside, braked later than normal and was able to tuck in five places ahead of my grid spot. The car felt great from the word go and I was able to get into a good rhythm and pull away from Piccione. The restart was okay but I then out-braked myself going into the hairpin and lost a few places. The car still felt good after that though so I was able to stay on it. It was good to get a point today. My confidence is up now which is a good feeling to have. I enjoyed being in the thick of it here and have had my most competitive weekend yet so now I'm really looking forward to building on this at Spa in a few weeks' time."